All Kinds of News for July 10, 2019
Onward Transitions' entire program staff began a series of training last month with Dr. Kevin Polk, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Guru and designer of the ACT Matrix. Onward Transitions utilizes ACT as its primary influence in individual, group and milieu counseling. Staff will often utilize the ACT Hexaflex (designed by ACT inventor Steven C. Hayes in 1982) or Dr. Polk’s next-generation Matrix tool with Onward Transitions' emerging adult members to help them think through situations they might be stuck in.
Executive Director Tracy Bailey reported that the staff will meet monthly with Dr. Polk for a three-hour in-service to refine the use of ACT and the Matrix tool with their members. “Dr. Polk blends theory, research, role play, and past and current case examples to engage our staff in a lively and forward-thinking learning environment,” Bailey explained. “Our staff have been ‘noticing’ how much they are ‘noticing’ the way ACT has been woven into our way of thinking and interacting with members and with each other,” she continues, using a direct reference to the core principle reference to “noticing,” or accessing the observing self. “We recently hosted a tour with one of the participants being an ACT therapist who also ‘noticed’ how ACT-driven we were. It was quite a compliment to the work of our team.”
About Onward Transitions
Onward Transitions (OT) in Portland, ME is a small, independent, owner-operated program for bright, motivated, emerging adults in the final stages of learning to live on their own. OT supports actual sustainable independent living and autonomy from two city locations. Participants (members) ages 18-29 never live with us; they live in their own apartments, scattered throughout the city. Members' challenges include anxiety, depression and executive functioning.